What Is An Infirmity?

Bible Definition and meaning of Infirmity.

Infirmity is mentioned throughout the Bible as a spiritual or physical weakness or ailment. How to glorify God through them.

Infirmity Definition:

  • A physical weakness or ailment. the infirmities of age.
  • Quality or state of being infirm; lack of strength.
  • A moral weakness or failing.

1. As sickness or bodily disease. In the last instance, the affections seem to have dyspeptic, the discomfort of which might be relieved by alcohol, although the disease would not be cured thereby. It is probable that this condition of body produced a certain slackness in Timothy’s work against which Apostle Paul several times cautions him.

2. Imperfections or weaknesses of the body. (Romans 6:19; 2 Corinthians 11:30; Galatians 4:14).

3. Moral or spiritual weaknesses and defects. In this sense it is often used by the classic English writer as in Milton’s “the last infirmity of noble minds.” The infirmity which a man of resolution can keep under his will (Proverbs 18:14) may be either moral or physical. In Luke 13:11 the woman’s physical infirmity is ascribed to the influence of an evil spirit.

What We Can Learn From Paul’s Infirmity

You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first. And my trial which in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

Galatians 4: 13-14

Galatians were just one of the churches that Paul started on his missionary journeys. They were Gentiles who converted to Christianity, all because of Paul’s passion to preach and teach the the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Paul was able to preach the gospel despite his own physical infirmities Speculation as to Paul’s true afflictions (his thorn in the flesh) has been debated and discussed by many theologians, but Paul does not give specific or details that draw attention to his weaknesses. He, instead, uses them as a means to give glory to God. In our weakness, God is strong.

Remember today that God is in everything that happens in our lives. No matter what ails you, God is with you. He will use your afflictions to bring Him glory and to bless you and others. Sometimes God does the greatest work through our weakness as pain, but that only haopens when we take our eyes off of ourselves and put them on Jesus.

We must try to put our focus on the Lord instead of your pain, and let His Holy Spirit by our strength in weakness.

“Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them; but Love cannot cease to Will their removal.” – C.S. Lewis

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